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To accommodate our evolving community and manage future growth on the Beaches, we need to think about how our places are planned.

Between 2019 and 2023 Council is creating a new roadmap for managing the way the Northern Beaches evolves over the next 20 years.

We started this process in 2019 with the release of our Local Strategic Planning Statement – Towards 2040outlining the future vision for the Northern Beaches and our commitment to a sustainable future. This is one of the building blocks in our new planning framework that integrates regional directions set by the Greater Sydney Commission and the community priorities identified in our Community Strategic Plan – Shape 2028.

We have now also completed consultation on our Local House Strategy which was adopted by Council in April 2021.

What's happening next?

We are now working towards a single planning framework for the Northern Beaches to replace our current four Local Environmental Plans (LEPs) and four Development Control Plans (DCPs). This will provide our community with a clearer, simpler and fairer set of planning rules to guide and manage future development.

    Over the next two years, we will be working with our community to bring together our current local planning controls.

    We are currently carrying out several technical studies and reviews. 

    Our Environmental Zones Review is underway and Council is committed to a clear process for establishing the criteria for identifying land suitability and recommending future zoning. Expressions of interest were sought in late August and early September to participate over the coming months in online focus groups as part of the Environmental Zones Review. Nominations to undertake site inspections to better understand the application of current and potential zones will be undertaken at several stages throughout the project, with the first round of inspections commencing in September 2020.

    We will publish a discussion paper on key LEP issues in mid 2021 and again we will invite the community to provide feedback.

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